November 15, 2009 Subject:
Different to Usual
According to the book "The Forgotten Network", this show only featured one commercial, near the end of the episode, and the book notes that the people involved limited the amount of advertising. Average episode of a show from the 50's was 26 minutes, 4 minutes for commercials (as per most extant kinescopes, with a few exceptions of course, of course). So, as per the book and other sources, this episode is missing a bit of footage.
This is not really a typical episode of the series; It is fairly different.
Though, the mocking of the Soviet Union is typical and featured often on series.
Some parts of this episode and silly and/or melodramic.
Some extant data from the period would appear to disprove some of the demographic data given by the host.
Topical referrences to "Bob Hope", "Captain Video", "TWA" do add to the fun.
He was a bit rude at times, which is not typical of this series.
The studio audience is like something from "Laverne and Shirley". Not a good thing in this case.
Regardless, he was an attention grabbing public speaker regardless of the viewers religion. One just wishes he had thought out this episode more carefully.